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Who Was The Art Architect Of The Houses of Parliament. - A Statement Of Facts, Founded On The Letters Of Sir Charles Barry And The Diaries Of Augustus Welby Pugin, By E. Welby Pugin. Most Respectfully Dedicated To The Right Honourable And Honourable The Lords And Commons Of Great Britain And Ireland. - Price Two Shillings. -

Edward Welby Pugin

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Longmans, Green, & Co., Paternoster Row,, 1867.

Physical Description

xvi, [2], 120, [2] p., frontis.; 205 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p., blank leaf, frontis., dedic.] - Personal Explanations - Notes - [Text]; [colophon] - [Note].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed, 'John C. Twyman & Son, Photo.'

The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'Ramsgate: E. Bligh, Printer, Hardres Street.'

The work is dedicated by Edward Welby Pugin to the Lords and Commons of Great Britain and Ireland.


P. Atterbury and C. Wainwright, edd., Pugin: a Gothic passion (1994); M. Belcher, A.W.N. Pugin: an annotated critical bibliography (1978); M.H. Port, ed., The Houses of Parliament (1976).

Summary Note

The architect and designer A.W.N. Pugin, a strong advocate of Gothic Revival style, was best known for his designs for the interior of the Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster), London; where he collaborated with Charles Barry. The two men appear to have worked in harmony, but their sons, Edward Pugin and Alfred Barry, differed strongly over the respective contributions of their fathers.

The frontispiece photograph is captioned and shows 'St. Marie's College. Designed And Drawn By A. Welby Pugin, In 1834, The year in which the Old Houses of Parliament were burnt down.'

Immediate source of Acquisition

Presented by , the author in, 1867. (See 'Librarian's Report', RA Annual Report for 1867, p. 27).


The title-page is inscribed in ink, 'Presented to the Library of the Royal Academy by the Author'.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine, green morocco spine-label lettered 'Palace Of Westminster - Pugin V. Barry', spine lettered 'R.A.' Bound with three others.

Name as Subject


Artists - Architects - Designers - Architecture - Designs - Interior design - Parliament buildings - Palaces - Great Britain - London - Palace of Westminster - History - 19th century
Art history - Pamphlets - Great Britain - 19th century